Printed from http://www.electronista.com

AMD: Power efficiency in processors to increase 25x by 2020

updated 12:15 pm EDT, Thu June 19, 2014

Future processors to give laptops days-long battery life

Ahead of a speech in China, AMD executives have laid out a decades-long plan to increase mainstream processors' power efficiency 25-fold, making laptops have several days of battery life. Simultaneously, the company is aiming to catch up with Intel, and boost performance, while delivering the energy efficiency that the company sees as possible.

AMD researcher and fellow Sam Naffziger envisions a 1W processor for computers in the near-future, with "several days of battery life." Naffziger cites larger gains for the world with such technologies, nothing that the three billion PCs in use consume a combined one percent of the world's entire power output, with 20 million servers consuming another 1.5 percent.

Naffziger says that power management is getting so good, that soon a processor will shift to low-power between user keystrokes or between video frames. The concept, called "race to idle," turns off portions of a chip not in use, or as rapidly as possible following a processor-intensive job.

AMD's chief technology officer Mark Papermaster sees the technology as a massive shift away from the process-based improvements that have been made up until now, the framework for Moore's Law. He believes that power management and efficiency improvements are "going to have a big impact on the industry." In the last six years, AMD processors' power efficiency has improved by a factor of 10.

"Through APU architectural enhancements and intelligent power efficient´┐╝ techniques, our customers can expect to see us dramatically improve the energy efficiency of our processors during the next several years." Papermaster said. "Setting a goal to improve the energy efficiency of our processors 25 times by 2020 is a measure of our commitment and confidence in our approach."



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

IDrive cloud backup and sync service

There are a lot of cloud services out there, and nearly all of them can be used for backing up key files and folders. A few dedicated ...

Asus Chromebook C300

When Chromebooks hit the market back in 2011, consumers didn't know what to do with them. The low-cost laptops, powered by Google's Ch ...

Plantronics BackBeat Pro Bluetooth headphones

Looking for a pair of headphones that can do everything a user requires is a task that can take some study. Trying to decide on in-ear ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News